alliteration: the repetition of an initial consonant sound or consonant cluster or closely
positioned words. this pattern is often an inseparable part of the meter in Germanic languages,
where the tonic, or accented syllable, is usually the
Romantic Period Notes
Sometimes beginning 1785 and sometimes beginning in 1798 with the
publication of Lyrical Ballads.
Historians that begin the period in 1785 point to the rising tides of revolution
in France as the genesis for the transition into the R
Chaucers work was profoundly affected by the collapsing three
Chaucer was born into the middle class and so the blurring of the
traditional class boundaries played a large role in his ability to rise to
a position of power
dates from the early twelfth century
The vocabulary of OE was almost entirely Germanicwith dashes of
Latin and with Celtic place names.
In ME a large number of French words were introduced replacing
many OE words, or coming in to complem
Introduction to the English Renaissance*
Rise of Tudor Dynasty
In the 15th century the social and economic health of the English
nation was threatened by the War of the Roses, a decades long
battle between the Yorks and Lancasters for the throne.
a tale of adventure in which knights, kings, or distressed ladies
motivated by love, religious faith, or the mere desire for adventure,
are the chief figures. The medieval romance appears in Old French
literature of the twelfth century,
the system of manners and morals known as chivalry, a product of
the feudal system of the Middle Ages, was presented in Medieval
Romance in a highly idealized form amounting almost to a religious
faith for the upper classes, and it
Shakespeare Notes for British Literature
Born in Stratford-on-Avon in April 23, 1564 and died on his 52nd
birthday, April 23, 1616 (the same day as Cervantes)
Hes not buried in Westminster Abbey with most of the other great
English writers. His tomb is
French Influence on English during Anglo-Norman period (1066-1200)
The Anglo-Norman kings viewed themselves primarily as French and
viewed French culture and language as superior to English culture.
When William became King of England, he retained the tit
The Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry
From Chivalry by Leon Gautier
Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all
Thou shalt defend the Church.
Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constit
The Art of Courtly Love
From The Art of Courtly Love by Andreas Capellanus
Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.
He who is not jealous cannot love.
No one can be bound by a double love.
It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasin
For beauty and manners theyre selected
The quote above, taken from the work of Marie de Frances Lanval, gives insight into the importance of
women during the time of which this work is written. Much of a womans worth was readdressed to her
beauty and how